Monday, May 18

Federal Government Weakens Access to Pay Equity

The federal government has adopted a law which weakens pay equity instead of making sure this human right is being recognized and instead of following the 2004 Pay Equity Task Force recommendations for proactive legislation. It is called the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act and was hidden in the budget bill.

Instead of making sure that predominantly female jobs receive the same pay as predominantly male jobs of the same value, the Equitable Compensation Act relegates pay equity to bargaining and to the market. It even includes up to $50,000 fines for unions which would “dare” helping or encouraging its members to lodge a pay equity complaint.

At the beginning of this month, the NBRebelles - Fredericton spearheaded a letter writing campaign regarding pay equity legislation. Feel free to check out the resources we put together and continue to contact your elected officials on this issue:

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